December 26, 2013 at 8:22 am | Posted in 2013 | Leave a comment
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◊ ½

I may not be the best person to review this movie.  It isn’t the type of film I typically see but I’m staying with family, it’s the holidays, kids… you get the picture.  I knew nothing about the film and was a bit dismayed to discover, 5 minutes in, that it was a musical.  I have a particular intolerance for singing in films because the songs are almost always sappy, the movies are typically one-dimensional & feel-goody goody, and it destroys the fourth wall as people don’t generally break into song in their day to day lives (there are, of course, exceptions to these rules, like “Moulin Rouge,” or “Once” and I do like those films).  However, I found that none of that mattered here because I had no expectations for anything other than sappy, feel good and formulaic.  And, I certainly got plenty of that.  Nothing stood out here: the animation, songs and story line were all absolutely run-of-the-mill.  The only thing that rose above the mediocre was the snowman character that showed up about 20 minutes in.  Played by comedian Josh Gad (best known for the dreadful and short-lived TV show “1600 Penn”), the snowman is the only character with any character at all; every laugh line was his.  While he was on the screen, I was generally enjoying the film; while he wasn’t, I was generally bored.  But, like I said, I may not be the best person to review this film.  The kids I was with loved it and there seemed to be plenty of enjoyment in the theater. And, as my sister pointed out, this is another in a line of Disney films with strong heroines who don’t need men to save the day. That’s something.  I just don’t know if it’s enough for me to really recommend it.


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